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[RC] Boots and gaited horses - Tara M Sheppard

I have two Standardbred horses that are bare-footed. I use the Easy-boot
Epics and the Cavallo boots.
My gelding has real upright walls on the inside of the hind feet. I
noticed that he started to "pop" in his hips.
(This was when he was being shod with metal shoes.) I had the shoes
pulled, gave the horses some adjustment
time to being barefoot. It took me a while to get good at applying these
boots but am so glad I made the switch.
My gelding's "popping" in his hips has stopped! I use the boots on all
four hooves and have been riding this way
now for a year and love it! No more missing shoes on ride day with part
of the hoof missing. I can now ride EVERY
time. No more waiting for the farrier to come out and re-attach a shoe!
My horses hooves are so strong and sturdy 
I ride at the flying pace and or trot and have absolutely NO problem with
these boots. I think we are a good example
of how well these boots can work if you just give it a chance.  So, for
you gaited horse people out there, just give it a 
try. Just try to imagine a gaited horse gaiting at 30mph with boots on!
If my horses can do it so can yours.
As for fit issues, the most important thing is a good balanced trim.- The
boots will work on the rear feet as long as you get 
the measurement correct from toe to buttress of heel.


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